Library Management: Managing from the Middle

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Course Details
Course Type: 
Target Audience: 
New or experienced managers in any type of library
Course Description

Middle managers are the liaisons between their employees and library administrators. Apropos to their title, these managers may feel caught in the middle as they attempt to hear and listen to both sides and adapt. A manager’s ability to successfully work with administration as well as foster a rapport with their direct reports is a crucial driver of success in libraries. This course is designed to help the first-time library manager gain a foundation to successfully manage from the middle.

Learning objectives for this session include
  • Identify the key relationships that impact middle managers
  • Define the main challenges faced by middle managers
  • Formulate strategies to build relationships and establish workplace balance
  • Determine tactics to gain senior management’s confidence
  • Analyze common mistakes made by the new library manager
Homework Expectations
  • Students will participate in class discussion and complete individual assignments.
  • It is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.
Session Information
Session Duration: 
This course consists of one 2-hour session.
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